It’s been nearly a dozen years since Italy’s Enel SpA (Italy: ENEL, OTC: ENLAY) acquired a majority stake in Spain’s Endesa SA (Spain: ELE)—and immediately became the largest holder of electricity assets in South America as well. That was thanks to a much earlier merger between Endesa and the former Enersis of Chile, which had built a collection of assets across several countries most importantly Brazil.
TransCanada Corp (TSX: TRP, NYSE: TRP) has long been synonymous with the delayed north leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. Earlier this decade, the project to deliver Alberta oil to the US Gulf Coast seemed a sure thing. Then it became the one pipeline the Obama Administration rejected, only to be revived by the Trump Administration.
Sweet yields can bring sour consequences. That’s a lesson I learned once again, after recommending high yielding CenturyLink Inc (NYSE: CTL) in last month’s Feature article. The company was on the Endangered Dividends List for shrinking revenue. Nonetheless, hefty free cash flow and attractive broadband assets convinced me the dividend could be maintained.
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